A Positive Return for Oregon
We offer smart energy solutions that make it easier and more affordable for people and businesses to conserve energy and generate renewable power.
Our investments in energy efficiency help keep energy costs as low as possible for utility customers—leading to valuable and sustainable economic benefits for Oregon like jobs and new business income.
By supporting smaller-scale renewable energy systems, we can use homegrown clean energy to power homes, businesses and the electric grid—improving our environment by avoiding carbon dioxide emissions.
Three-Tiered Investment Focus
With a commitment to keep internal costs low and ratepayer benefits high, we focus our investments on:
1. Saving cost-effective energy efficiency—Energy efficiency is one of the most affordable resources to power, light and heat our buildings and homes. When Energy Trust provides a cash incentive for an energy-saving improvement or service, customers know their investment will pay off in a reasonable amount of time. Like many programs nationwide, we use cost-effectiveness tests to guide us in determining when to offer an incentive and the amount of the incentive. Learn more about our cost-effectiveness guidelines and tests >
2. Making it more affordable to install renewable energy systems—Oregonians have access to nearly every renewable energy source and we support their efforts to harness that energy. We offer early project development assistance and installation incentives for solar, hydropower, biopower, geothermal systems and certain wind projects. These systems are small-scale and less than 20 megawatts in size.
Our incentive lowers above-market costs, the difference between the value of the power produced by a renewable energy project and what it costs to produce the power from the project. The board sets Energy Trust’s above-market cost policy and approves large incentive contracts. For some projects, we also receive a share of the Renewable Energy Certificates, to hold in trust for the customers who helped fund the project.
These renewable energy projects reduce energy costs, support local economies and help develop the electricity grid of tomorrow. Learn about the innovative projects we’ve supported »
3. Transforming markets to offer more energy-efficient products and services—Through ongoing collaboration with the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, we aim to make energy-efficient products, services and behaviors standard practice. Utility customers benefit when they purchase appliances and equipment with automatic energy-efficiency features, and newly constructed buildings with energy efficiency built in. Read more about our work with NEEA >